It's easy to overlook your roof until a major problem occurs. Learn how to do a simple roof inspection to spot problems before they get out of control.
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A simple inspection by a home owner is no substitute for regular inspections by a professional. It is, however, a great way to make sure you call a professional before the health of your roof declines the point where a costly emergency repair is needed. At BuildDirect, an industry blog focused on building materials and practices, they've put together a guide for doing a simple home inspection on the four most vulnerable parts of your roof.
One of the easiest things you can do, especially if you're not comfortable getting on a ladder to look at your roof, is to peek into the attic.
An Interior Investigation of the Attic Space: This will point out problems with attic ventilation, damaged wood, and past or present leak sources. Rusted nails or stains around the roofing nails that penetrate the roof deck or in extreme conditions black mould would indicate a potential venting problem. If insulation was added there is a good chance that the intake (from the lower part of the roof" the soffit") could be obstructed.
A ventilation calculation should be conducted to insure the attic space has the required airflow. Bathroom fans and plumbing stacks should also be checked to make sure they are properly connected and venting to the outside of the attic. Most of this inspection should performed from the attic hatch. You don't want to risk your safety or damage to the insulation. If you walk on the insulation it will compress and decrease its effectiveness. One missed step and you could find yourself through the ceiling.
Check out the full article at the link below for more tips on ferreting out problems before they become emergencies.